The following presentations have been organised as part of our Performing Creative Embodiment series.
- 22 May 2019: Nita Little and Mary Steadman
Newton Park, UT.113 - 6pm
Researching Relational Intelligence: Is there another “human” we can embody?
When dance research investigates the attentional skills present within human performance it questions the kinds of practices entangled in our lived concepts of the human. Influenced by critical conversations in diverse fields from cognitive and neuroscience to feminist theory and black studies, we review and challenge cultural influences that limit and define our self-concepts. Our physical results propose new modes and means of relational intelligence. Key to this intelligence are skills that influence our insistent individuation and articulate not only our presence in performance, but also our ability to move in greater concert and communion within all our environments. Why is this important in this moment when the future of the human is in question?
Mary Steadman will also present ‘Dwelling’ - part of her PhD practice-based research which investigates the concept of Hauntology (Derrida 1994) and Spectrality in performance practice. The focus of this presentation will look at how time is 'disjointed', how the past and future haunted by spectral presence.
Nita Little is an activist for relational intelligence through improvisational dance practices that began with the emergence and development of Contact Improvisation (CI). A dancer, teacher, choreographer, and dance theorist, her work with Steve Paxton was generative of CI in 1972. She initiated the Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication (the ISSC) in 2016 with dance research ensembles (which all share CI in common) participating from around the globe.
- 5 June 2019: Richard White and Clare Qualman
Newton Park, UT.113 - 6pm
Artist Clare Qualmann will be in conversation with Bath Spa's Richard White (Senior Lecturer, Media Practice) to discuss her project Perambulator - an ongoing walking artwork with prams. Working from an auto-ethnographic standpoint, the project explores gendered spaces, maternal narratives and shifting identities, inequality and mobilities. This work aims to explore questions that connect the personal and the political, using performance in a range of formats and scales to make visible, celebrate and reclaim public space.
Clare Qualmann is an artist/researcher working across a wide range of media; from drawing and sculpture to text-works and live art events (often in the form of walks). She was a founder member of the Walking Artists Network and continues to facilitate its online presence, occasional events, and a seminar series that connects those using walking as part of a creative critical practice. She lectures at the University of East London, and at London Metropolitan University where her teaching and research focus on participatory, site specific, and experimental modes of contemporary creative practice.